NYPD Arrests Lou Reed's Manager, Tom Sarig, For Threatening Headhunter

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Police have actually arrested rock icon Lou Reed's manager for allegedly threatening to send Israeli hit men to go after a headhunter for the stars in a nasty squabble over an unpaid bill.

In a complaint filed two weeks ago with the Midtown North Detective Squad, as the Voice first reported, Adrian Smith, who specializes in providing personal staff to celebrities, claimed that Reed's manager Tom Sarig told him, "Our guys in Israel are going to fly in and they will kill you."

Smith filed the complaint shortly after the March 8 conversation. He claims Sarig also said, before hanging up the phone, "You want your fucking head in a bag? By the time they find you, they'll be back in Israel having a drink. Keep harassing us for money, you're a fucking dead man."

Sarig was arrested last night on an aggravated harassment charge, and could face up to a year in jail.

Smith says he received a payment to settle the unpaid bill after he filed the police report, but he pursued the complaint anyway.

In addition to Reed, Sarig has managed CAKE, Rickie Lee Jones, Bryan Ferry, and a range of other acts, according to his LinkedIn posting. Prior to that, he was senior vice president for talent at MCA Records.

Reed, of course, founded the Velvet Underground and went on to a hugely successful solo career and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Away from the stage, however, Reed is known among rock journalists as a tough interview. (Smith claims that Reed's previous assistant quit because Reed was so difficult to work for. That assistant had worked for Dennis Hopper, who was himself a bit of a handful.)

Smith built a niche finding assistants for the family of financier George Soros, newspaper mogul Mort Zuckerman, actor Robert DeNiro, singer Mariah Carey, music executive Tommy Mottola and other bold-faced names.

Smith says that he procured an assistant for Reed who had previously worked for U2's drummer, Larry Mullen. Beginning in early February, He had been trying to get the rock star's handlers to pay him the customary fee of 20 percent of the annual $70,000 salary for finding the assistant. But he says his requests for payment were rebuffed.

Smith says he lowered his fee to 18 percent, but Reed's people insisted on paying him 15 percent. Smith lowered his fee again to 16.5 percent, but Sarig still wouldn't pay him, emails show.

In other words, for services for a multimillionaire rock star, the two men were squabbling over the difference between $12,600 and $10,500 -- a difference of $2,100, according to Smith.

Based on emails supplied to the Voice by Smith, Sarig and Smith traded fairly aggressive communications. Writing February 17 to Greenberg, Smith wrote, "Don't fuck with a Scotsman, because you will never win. Tell Tom that he's a complete prick and I have no problem coming down there and telling it to him personally!!!"

On February 17, Sarig replied: "Don't press your luck. I am going to file a police report for assault, and get a restraining order against you."

Smith's reply: "You created this mess, all you had to do was to be honorable ... This, my friend is your fault. Be nice, be sweet and you'll get honey. Be tough and you will find tougher out there."

The dispute increased in intensity over a period of weeks until last week's alleged threat from Sarig to Smith. "I went to Midtown North and made the report and gave them all the information and left it in their hands," Smith says. "If someone threatens your life, you have to make a report, and the police need to make an immediate arrest."

Shortly after he returned from the police station, Smith said he got a call from Reed's accountant. An $11,500 payment had been authorized. The check came the following day. So, why did Smith still pursue the police report if he got paid?

"He threatened my life," Smith says. "Why should I drop it? I would also be satisfied if I got an apology."


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25 comments
Jeffro
Jeffro

why does anyone that put an anti sarig comment on this page have an altered name when you click view profile? "whore f!$@%$r" for example...

Bob
Bob

two words. judge judy.

Scott Heron
Scott Heron

This reads to me that Smith threatened Sarig first with ethnic based violence first. Tom then responded in kind in a sort of testosterone oneups-manship.

Randy F.
Randy F.

I've known Sarig for 20 years and he is a nice guy and extremely smart.He is well known as a professional and a good guy. Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry and Ricky Lee Jones are veteran stars and they chose Sarig, which says a lot for him.

Sounds like this guy Smith harassed him and baited him

What does being a Scotsman have to do with this?Why harass his assistant and call him a prick?

What a pussy move to call the police over a silly threat!

Sarah
Sarah

I've known Smith for 20 years & unlike Sarig, he's genuine through & through. Sarig was chosen by Lou, Bryan, & Ricky because he'd screw anyone over to get what he wants. Nice guy? yeah right. I'm Israeli, you won't ever hear me threatening to fly them hit-men chums of mine to the US in order to put an associate's head in a bag. Smith deals with a lot of a-holes on a regular basis so he's learned to be extremely patient. However, once in a blue moon he encounters a person who acts unconscionably subhuman. We've all met these sorts, the ones who disrespect you so badly that you just have to react (unless you have no self-respect). Smith is a humble, honest, hard-working chap that simply tried to get paid for his services but was instead met with hostility. Gotta love them cheap multimillionaires who can purchase a pair of shoes for $10,000.00 w/o a care in the world but can't handle paying a human being for a legitimate service rendered...nah, he can't just be paid, he has to be haggled with & threatened with death. Screw Sarig, I wouldn't do anything less than what Smith did to that neanderthal.

Scott Jensen
Scott Jensen

What good manager isn't known as a douche to someone? Also is there any proof of this call? Did this guy tape it or something?

Ed
Ed

Like Mike said, Sarig is well known as a total douche.

Eugene
Eugene

sorry he rejected your band too!

Gary H Holbrook
Gary H Holbrook

This is all childish behavior. They should be made to go on the Jerry Springer show and see who can hold their breathe the longest.

Candy
Candy

I am regularly amazed at a guy like Lou, who I don't know personally but who is obviously a big talent musically, making daring, interesting tai chi videos that are educational and valuable to the world, choosing to employ imbalanced, vicious, disrespectful, antagonistic and - 'Israeli hitmen'?? - creepy. Ideally, Lou would be able to resonate with people he works with, and they should reflect his values, the peace he attains through eastern ways. If they don't, axe the prick. You gotta pay your bills, that's all there is to it. I applaud this person for continuing with the charges. Some people need to be legally forced to be responsible and humane. This is a shame.

Inferno
Inferno

Lou Reed, with his shitty solo career, should be arrested for crimes against music.

anon
anon

Arrested? That what he gets for holding Lou's birthday party at that disgrace Trilby. It's called karma.

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Willard
Willard

This is why we're in a recession and it's an insult to the organized crime families of NYC. There are hitmen here with families to feed and this guy is flying in foreigners to do traditional American craftwork.

Rdist
Rdist

Lou Reed's picture should be removed.. He has nothing to do with this.

Martha
Martha

True colors bleeding out

Music is Everything
Music is Everything

Glad you reported this Smith. Everyone knows Lou is hard to work with, but he's a good guy in the end. Why he hired Sarig is a mystery. Against Me! fired him.

Holly from FLA
Holly from FLA

"He claims Sarig also said, before hanging up the phone, "You want your fucking head in a bag?"

But he never lost his head, even when he was risking his head. Doo doo doo.

Sugarplum Fairy
Sugarplum Fairy

Cute - but you got the line wrong: But [she] never lost her head, even when [she] was giving head.

rob
rob

"though Tom's got a little head, in jail he'll give a lot of haed....yeah babe take a walk on the wild side i said yeah honey, israelis are so funny..."

JeffR56
JeffR56

Nice to know that an icon like Lou Reed is being represented by a neanderthal who threatens to kill people over commissions. Classy.

SuzieQ
SuzieQ

What a badass Lou's manager is. Wish I had someone looking out for me with ties to the Israeli Mafia. A headhunter is like an apartment broker. Taking advantage of the unemployed or the unrentable. Making money off of having a set of keys and opening a door.

Mike
Mike

Tom Sarig is well known in the music industry as a joke and total tool. Honor? Completely absent. Many people will love that this is happening to such a jerk.

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